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governor paid an unannounced visit to the white house to ask president obama for $83 billion in aid for new jersey, new york, and connecticut. he also met with members of congress. it was their first meeting since touring new jersey disaster areas in late october. >>> tea party leader and some same gop king maker senator jim demint of south carolina is stepping down from congress on january 1st. demint will become the head of the heritage foundation. that's a conservative think tank with an $80 million a year budget. demint is just two years into a second six-year term and south carolina governor nikki haley will appoint his successor. >>> well, it sure does sound like a plot out of a tom clancey cold war novel. a rogue navy sailor is accused of selling tracking technology to the russians. nbc affiliate reporter andy fox with wavy has that story. >> reporter: robert hoffman appeared in court wearing a t-shirt with a rooster on it with the boards born to fight in reference to cock fighting. >> mr. hoffman, did you try to sell government secrets? >> reporter: just a big smirky smile from hoff
. the couple is expecting their first child. >>> back on this side of the pond, also new, president obama will visit the home of a middle class family today to make his case for avoiding the fiscal cliff, a northern virginia couple to highlight his push for extending current tax rates for everyone but the top 2%. new associated press poll shows there is clear support for mr. obama's plan in the poll 48% want the tax cuts on incomes exceeding quarter million dollars a year to expire in january while continuing them for everyone else. 32% want to renew the tax cuts for everyone. findings seem to strengthen the president's hand in his negotiations >> recall alert for parents from 7 on your side. government is taking action against makers of nap nanny, a portable baby recliner, after five infanned -- five infant deaths. the nap nanny poses risk of injury and death to infants. the commission says it is a dangerous product with a faulty sign. coming up on "good morning america" at 7:00, why the makers are refusing to pull its product. >>> this afternoon cal will hold a news conference to introd
next week's vote on a new constitution. president obama spoke with morsi yesterday via phone, calling the violence unacceptable. >>> and back here at home, we get a new snapshot of the economy this morning, when the government releases its jobs report for the month of november. it's believed that several factors combined seriously hampered last month's hiring. among them, concerns about the looming fiscal cliff. and other factors, as well. abc's tahman bradley has that story from washington. >> reporter: the fiscal cliff is still three weeks away. but the economy may have already taken a hit. economists predict the government's monthly jobs report, due out later this morning, will show that employers added fewer than 100,000 workers in november. superstorm sandy may be part of the reason job creation slowed. but worry over the fiscal cliff may have also had an immaterial pact. some economists believe that 200,000 fewer jobs thhave been created this year, due to uncertainty about the fiscal cliff. >> it's very important we get it done now. >> reporter: republicans and democrats are tal
will be putting out nip thiswell to try to violence in the but. bud. brad bell, abc 7 news. >> president obama has made a r that there will be no deal tax hikeis no higher on the wealthiest 2% of americans. republicans are gathering to afters their next that the president shot down their proposal. our senior clinical reporter, scott thuman, has been following the story. our senior political reporter, scott thuman, has been following the story. he will have more at 6:00. doug hill has more on the weather. this may be a visit from old for a few days. let's get you started. 82 degrees right now. the d two degrees up road at the 52 degrees up the road at washington-lee high school. temperatures falling into the 50's.nd if h still hang onto 60 degrees in fredericksburg. temperatures running colder. 21 degrees colder in cumberland. these are the wind speed at the top of the hour. 10, 12, and 15 miles per hour. winds will diminish later . temperatures will drop .uickly into the 40's tomorrow we will be in the 30's.20's and how long will the cold air stay around? warmer temperatures are coming .ack will s
of the story. >> reporter: a senior official tells abc news, the use of chemical weapons could trigger retaliatory action from the united states. monday, president obama warned the syrian regime. >> i want to make it clear to assad and those under his command, the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. >> reporter: obama administration and military officials say they believe president assad has gotten the message. >> we have sent an unmistakable message that this would cross a red line. and those responsible would be held to account. >> reporter: the syrian regime, which has been massacring citizens for nearly two-straight years, has been careful not to confirm it has the weapons. >> even if we have them, we shall not use them against our people. >> reporter: but president assad's father used chemical weapons. and officials believe pressure on the current government is mounting. opposition is making tactical gains that could trigger a shift in the conflict. the state department believes the conflict is growing closer to assad and is looking
, with a stalemate over heading off huge tax increases and deep spending cuts at the start of the new year. president obama and house speaker john boehner are keeping tight-lipped about those talks. in michigan on monday, the president warned going over the fiscal cliff will cost jobs and send the country in a downward spiral. >>> colorado is now the second state after washington in which marijuana is now legal. that became the law yesterday, when the governor put a voter-approved amendment into the state's constitution. the implementation of the law will be worked out by a special task force. in a statement, the u.s. attorney noted that pot remains illegal, though, under federal law. >>> well, family and friends are remembering that navy s.e.a.l. who gave his life to rescue an american doctor in afghanistan. abc's senior foreign affairs correspondent martha raddatz has more on the life of this fallen warrior. >> reporter: nicolas checque was just 28 years old. but for much of the last decade he had been a navy s.e.a.l. the last five years, part of the elite s.e.a.l. team six. in iraq, afghanistan, w
. the news will continue, to to. stay with us.  . >>> president obama visited foster's, virginia, earlier today, pitching his plan to end the standoff over the fiscal cliff. meantime on capitol hill, lawmakers began talking about what will and won't happen if a deal can't be reached in 25 days. tom fitzgerald is following it all. tom, the president stay on the hard sell today. >> reporter: he has, shawn. while the president has kept his distance for the most part in the face-to-face talks going behind the scenes with republicans, he spoke on the phone last night with house speaker john boehner. the spears' offer of $800 billion in new revenue is not close to the $1.2 trillion that the white house wants. the president's focus today is what will happen if no deal is reached to middle class taxpayers. president obama left the white house and headed to this house. a home in falls church where this high school teacher shares with her parents, her husband, and her son. >> this is a solvable problem. >> reporter: the trip was arranged after santana contacted the white house
. president obama said the use of these weapons of mass destruction would be totally unacceptable. well, tonight, david has new intelligence to report, and we have three stories on the breaking news in syria. we'll start with martin at the pentagon. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence so far has not detected any signs syria is loading chemical weapons on to aircraft, but defense secretary panetta said it appears the embattled assad regime is preparing to do just that. >> there is no question that we remain very concerned, very concerned that as the opposition advances, in particular on damascus, that the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. >> reporter: monitoring of syrian basis like this one has pekd up evidence engineers have loaded the chemicals which combine to form the deadly nerve agent sarin, into bombs that could be dropped airplanes. satellites have seen trucks moving among want bunkers where the weapons and agents are believed to be stored. u.s. officials say the evidence is strong but circumstantial, not definitive. but that, combined with fighting ifighti
. but this morning, there are signs of some movement in negotiations. president obama and house speaker john boehner did speak by phone last night. that conversation came after the president offered to reduce his initial request for $1.6 trillion in new revenue to $1.4 trillion but is reportedly not backing down on raising taxes for the top 2%. boehner's spokesman said republicans are still seeking further concessions on spending cuts. >>> well, there are some new details this morning on that london nurse who took her own life after passing through a prank call at the hospital that was treating kate middleton for extreme morning sickness. jacintha saldanha's family reveals that she left a suicide note, though they haven't released details of what that note said. earlier this week, the two deejays who made the call said the tragedy has left them shattered, gutted and heartbroken. >>> now, here's your first look at this morning's "dish of scrambled politics." mitt romney wasn't the only one caught off guard last night. it is reported the powerful conservative koch brothers are postponing a gathering s
sails. >> reporter: john boehner is holding a news conference here on capitol hill. he's now lead -- he's now leading the negotiations with president obama. we will show -- we will show you -- tell you what he has to say coming up next hour. >>> starting next year, apple will start making some of its products here in the u.s. apple's ceo tim cook says one of its manufacturing operations will be moved here from china. it's not clear where that assembly plant will be. that announcement comes as criticism is mounting. >>> well, clorox corporation has a deal with a san diego- based investor to sell its headquarters building in downtown san diego. west core properties agreed to buy the 24-story building on broadway. the terms of the deal, that has not been disclosed. but analysts estimate that building may have sold for $90 million. a lease arrangement will allow clorox to keep the headquarters in the building. >>> it may be the most opulent gift card of all time. look at this. starbucks stainless steel gift card. they are announcing plans to open up 1500 new locations. that card cost $450.
. >>> top of the hour. i'm don lemon. we're going to begin with breaking news on the fiscal cliff talks. president obama, house speaker john boehner met face-to-face at the white house today to try to prevent the fiscal cliff now just 23 days away. we don't have any details on their conversations, but reps for both sides say the lines of communication remain open. meanwhile, at least four republican senators now support a tax hike on wealthy americans. here is senator tom coburn of oklahoma. >> the fact is we're spending money that we don't have on things we don't absolutely need, and there's no grown-ups in washington that will say time-out, stop the politics, let's have a compromise rather than continue to play the game through the press and hurt the country. >> more on this story in just a few minutes with our senior political analyst, david gergen. >>> a half million dollars, that's the bond set today by a judge near dallas for cowboys nose tackle josh brent. he was behind the wheel in a car accident this weekend that killed teammate jerry brown, jr. police believe brent was drunk w
sides out with new statents today. and on the surface, they still sound far apart. president obama this morning saying he's going to insist on raising taxes on the wealthiest americans no matter what. >> if we're serious about reducing our deficit while still investing in things like education and research that are important to growing our economy, and if we're serious about protecting middle-class families, then we're also going to have to ask the wealthiest americans to pay higher tax rates. that's one principle i won't compromise on. >> meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, republican senator marco rubio gave the weekly republican address today. part of his message? the tax rate should not go up on anyone including the top 2%. >> we must reform our complicated, uncertain, job-killing tax code by getting rid of unjustified loopholes. but our goal should be to generate new revenue by creating new taxpayers, not new taxes. >> joining me, author of "the escape artists: how obama's team fumbled the recovery." david nakamura is with us, as well, from "the washington post." good t
are angry -- angry about a power grab by the new president. >>> president obama is making a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. these are live pictures of the president at the business round table. he will be speaking later today to a group of native-american tribal leaders, more than 500 of them are concerned about how deep spending cuts made to avoid the fiscal cliff would affect native-american issues. and you may remember yesterday, the president met with a group of six governors on this issue. this has become the primary focus on washington. alison burns is in our d.c. newsroom with more on this. >> reporter: that's right, tori. president obama is trying to convince these business leaders that he has a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff and get the economy back on track. but he says it's going to take some sacrifice. here's a look at the president shaking hands with business leaders about 15 minutes ago and he's calli for tax increases on the wealthiest americans and an extension of tax rates for the middle school. talks have fallen apart in recent days. but the president insists he's workin
a couple of hours, democrats will be holding a news conference speaking out about where they stand in the negotiation answer in the meantime there is still no word on what president barack obama and house speaker john boehner has talked about but no news is food news and we have not heard either side bashing the other in the last couple of days and that could be approximate dress. insiders say he will not cave on one pig thing. >> that is a compromise and a principal i will not compromise on. >> reporting live from washington d.c. allison burns, ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> there was an overall decrease in hate crimes but antigay related hate crimes were up. according to the fbi, 622 hate crimes were reported in 2011 and 1,500 hate crimes tar getted gays lesbians and that's an increase. nearly half of all crimes were reported and 20% were linked to religious beliefs. >>> yesterday they attached an amendment to the sierra lemar that antolin garcia-torres is accused of. he tried to kidnap three brent a safe way parking lot and he will -- three women at a safe way parking lot. gis
'm kai jackson. here's what people are talking about. >> super storm sandy hit new jersey heights residents hard, but its residents are still slowly picking up the pieces. the state's governor paid a visit to president obama today, asking for money to help rebuild. >> reporter: the deans are packing what they can salvage from their new jersey home. >> 20 years of collectible cinderella stuff that my husband -- sorry. my husband started collecting it for me, ever since we started dating. >> reporter: everything else is lost. their seaside heights community took a direct hit from the storm, which destroyed 80% of the town. police chief thomas boyd said, with federal help, the town will rebuild. >> seaside heights is never leaving. we're going to rebuild and we're staying. >> reporter: governor chris christie worked closely with the president. now he's going to washington to ask directly for help. >> with damage like this, stretching for miles, governor chris christie said, new jersey will need $37 billion to repair the damage. >> reporter: afte
avoiding the fiscal cliff. new polling suggests support for president obama's position in the standoff with congressional republicans. >> the new associated press poll finds 48% of americans want tax cuts for wealthy to expire. and it says more people want to cut government services than raise taxes to reduce the federal deficit. >> now, if the nation goes over the cliff at the end of the year, it's going to affect everyone, including the unemployed, as abc's jonathan karl reports. >> reporter: melinda vega has been put on notice. if congress and the president don't get their act together, her unemployment checks will stop immediately at the end of the year. >> we're dependent on that money to pay our bills. >> reporter: she's been without a job for a year. her $450 a week unemployment check her life line. >> we won't be able to pay some of our bills and, i mean, you know, that's for christmas and things of that nature, probably off the table. >> reporter: she is not alone. without a deal, unemployment compensation will end for more than 2 million people out of work more than 26 weeks.
in the world. it's really a secondary issue to the civil liberty issues we're looking at new what would you say to president obama who in his first campaign had promised that he would not major a priority in terms of federal raids of dispensaries, et cetera? given that it seems that the u.s. justice department is saying hey it doesn't really matter, we're coming for you either way. >> what i would say to president obama is that we've lived all of our lives under the specter of this iron curtain of marijuana prohibition. i'd say president obama tear down that wall. this is america. i don't believe that george washington crossed the river so we could be the leading jailer in the entire world the vast majority in there for marijuana offenses. >> cenk: we're out of time. we've got to leave it there. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> cenk: we'll talk about jobs a little bit. al pell said they might be doing some more jobs here. wow! wait until you find out what happened. >> there are skills that are associated with manufacturing that have the people andette occasion to produce
's chief of staff said they will address the country later today and will share some important news. >>> and house speaker john boehner discussed fiscal strategies with president barack obama in a phone call. this comes as another republican is ready to break ranges. he said he could support president barack obama's demand for an increase in tax rates as part of a comprehend sufficient plan -- comprehensive plan to cut the federal deficit. some are looking for ways to save faces a they give in. >>> and maintenance costs, used by state lawmakers, at least a douse member of the legislature had repairs on those vehicles and repairs were made before lawmakers used them for their personal use. in any case the costs were thousands of dollars. >> only state in the country finally ended this program and they saw some abuse and they saw voters did not like the program and that it was a perk they could give up. >> starting this year, lawmakers are not issued any cars anymore instead they are. >> paid a moulin rate -- mileage rate for using their own vehicles. >>> now here is a look at items w
, too. >> is it gorgeous. >> it's brand-new. -- it is gorgeous. >> it's brand-new. it was found in northwestern virginia. they put it in right before hurricane sandy. president obama made the comment that anyone can lose their job in washington, even the national christmas tree, and he thinks since this one stood up to sandy it going to do the test of time. >>> cold today, not as bad as last year's show, but what can we expect going into the evening? >> there is a little challenge in the forecast tonight. that is that it's really cold out and there's some spotty showers off to our west. so when you combine cold temperatures and a little bit of moisture, you've got the possibility for a little freezing rain north and west of town. the district is still 37. the air is really dry, so sometimes it's very spotty moisture that comes in and dries uabout it gets to the ground, but i would say heads up if you live north and west of d.c., some very light freezing rain is possible overnight. we're definitely going to be cold. we hope that this will not be widespread rain and we don't expec
as the new legitimate representative of the syrian people. president obama announced the move yesterday. it was part of an exclusive interview with abc's barbara walters. he also recognized that a small amount of the opposition has ties to al qaeda. the u.s. has declared them a terrorist organization. trying to prevent an extremist future for that war-torn country. >>> the president and house speaker john boehner taking small steps to avoid the fiscal cliff. they spoke by phone again last night. but still doesn't appear to be any closer to a deal. >>> the governor of michigan has signed that controversial, new law which limits the influence of organized labor in the state. hundreds of union workers had protested the legislation ahead of the governor's action. michigan joins 23 other states with so-called right-to-work laws. those laws ban requirements that nonunion employees pay union dues for negotiating contracts and other services. >>> well, drug smugglers have found a pretty creative new way to get contraband into the u.s. they use a gas-powered canon to shoot dozens of cans of mari
said on fox news sunday, obama does have the upper hand on taxes. oklahoma representative tom cole said on cnn's state of a union if brought to a vote they would pass the house. that goes against speaker boehner's tone who seems to believe obama's plan would not be able to pass both chambers of congress. as far as what americans think of the president right now that is pretty evenly split. the new politico battleground poll just out today has his approval rating at 50%. more than billcat bill press" is coming up after our break. join us in the chat room at current.com/billpress. see you there. viewer for capella university. matter. >> i work with adults with developmental disabilities. growing up i had a single mother of four and people in the community were so helpful when they didn't even have much themselves. seeing people and their hardships made me want to make a difference in people's lives to give them hope. receiving a masters degree would open the doors for me to get into a management position where i would be able to do more for people. [ ♪ theme ♪ ]
comedy series. she had five children and two grandchildren. larry jacobs, abc new, new york. >>> president obama on the road today trying to sell his plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. mr. obama speaks to workers at an engine factory near detroit this afternoon. yesterday the president and house speaker john boehner met at the white house for a round of intense negotiations. there are new signs republicans are willing to go along with the president on hypertaxigher taxee wealthy. >> we have spent ourselves into a hole. will i accept a tax increase as part of a deal to actually solve our problem, yes. >> senator coburn says in return, republicans would get significant reform of entitlement programs. >> at least the two are sort of together, speaking, without cameras around. >> right. >> so they can get work done. >> the difference between the last meeting, they're not coming out and sort of saying, well, they're not budging. they're not budging. they sort of cam out and said we are not going to talk about it. a good sign too. >> i hope so. sort of riff di >>> tension is building
military plans against syria as new intelligence shows assad's regime is loading sarin gas into bombs. and president obama's pot problem. let's go "outfront." >>> i'm tom foreman in for erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, the magic number after a whole week of harsh words here in washington and threats too, did house speaker john boehner hint ever so slightly at a compromise today that could finally edge us away from the dreaded fiscal cliff? it comes down to tax rates. this is a huge sticking point in the stalled negotiations between the president and mr. boehner. obama says the top rate on household income above $250,000 should rise from 35% to 39.6%. boehner wants the rate to stay at 35% or even lower. but what about meeting in the middle? around 37%? listen carefully to the speaker when he was asked today whether that rate could be the answer to this impasse. >> there are a lot of things that are possible. to put the revenue the president seeks on the table. but none of it's going to be possible if the president insists on his position. insists on my way or the highway. >> you hear
debate in hempstead new york. the president obama text and no. 3 and forced by saying at a campaign appearance " if you are successful, somebody along the line give you some help. there was a great teacher somewhere in your life. as somebody help to create this unbelievable american system that have allowed you to drive. somebody mess of their roads and bridges if you got a business you didn't bill that. the fourth best " sang please proceed governor during a presidential debate when he and romney were arguing whether a libyan attack was an act of terrorism. at no. 9 is all but the outcome style from the popular song by south korean rapper and pop star side that would viral on youtube. >> the australian radio host behind the so-called to the british house middleton was staying say they were in tears is shattered after learning that the nurse to is to buy their prank had died. radio deejays mel greg and mike a christian have faced world right outrage over the hoax. they spoke publicly about the grant for the first time in a televised interview. then there's answer the phone last week
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as the news begins to tighten on president obama assad, the dictator of that country, as the rebels are getting closer and closer to the capital city, there's been some movement with assad's chemical weapons. syria has maybe the third biggest arsenal of chemical weapons in the world and the throat has been perhaps he would use them against his own people. the president and hillary clinton said, that's it, red line, you use chemical weapons, we'll topple you, we'll find some way to stop you and take control of the weapons. so we'll be talking. nobody knows more or cares more about this than the next door neighbor to syria, israel. we'll be talking to israel's ambassador to the united states at the top of the hour. >> all right, chris. let's end on a better note. redskins or ravens today? >> oh, redskins, easy. >> we like that. gotta love the home team. thanks, chris. >> you bet. >> catch fox news sunday at 9:00 a.m., right after our show. . >>> well, history in the commonwealth. delegate herring was unanimously elected as the new chair woman of the state democratic party. she is the
the bombs. but there's been no activity since monday, when president obama warned the syrians about using chemical weapons. >>> new video of army tanks moving in to stop the violence that has erupted outside the presidential palace in cairo. thousands you see here, protesting president mohamed morsi, claiming he is trying to establish a dictatorship. >>> also this morning, software mogul john mcafee has been arrested in guatemala. police detained him for entering the country illegally. he's request asylum in guatemala, claiming he is being persecuted in belize, in questioning for his neighbor's murder there. >>> a lawsuit has changed the way we criticize others online. a virginia contractor has won a legal victory this morning, after suing a client for defamation. claiming her scathing reviews on the websites yelp and angieslist were not true. the judge ordered that she must remove her reviews. the lawyer calls it a violation of free speech. >>> here's diane sawyer with a preview of tonight's "world news." >> josh, good morning. and to everyone on "gma." it is day one. first time ever smo
will introduce the moderator and she is anne collier and executive director of family news and a journal iftd and youth advocate and the coauthor of a parent's guide to facebook and myspace unraveled and social networking. she served on president obama technology working group and delivered its group to congress and youth safety on the internet and you can read her plug. how's that for a plug? >> thank you very much. our parents guide is free and can be distributed at schools or parent nights or whatever, so we're happy to make them available to you at connect safety .org so a little bit more of the big picture. this is amazing panel of people who have resources and campaigns that can support and reinforce your fine work. so i am glad you stayedand we learned about bullying and preventions and solutions and just to reinforce getting the accurate picture bullying is a serious problem but it's not an epidemic. it's not on the rise. daift finkelhorn and director of the research center university of new hampshire and reviewed studies and bullying among youth is actually down in recent years.
'm zoraida sambolin. >> and i'm john berman. 29 minutes past the hour. >>> big news in the fiscal cliff fiasco. john boehner and president obama are finally talking to each other. in 22 days, we go over the cliff's edge, when sweeping tax hikes and spending cuts kick in unless a deal gets done and congress set to go on holiday recess on friday. it must be nice for them. after 23 days of out speaking face to face, president obama and house speaker boehner sat down face to face and had a real-life discussion. i want to bring in white house correspondent brianna killeilar live from washington. we don't have a lot of details. maybe that's a good thing. >> that may be a good thing. the white house and speaker's office putting out a statement really just saying the two men are talking and lines of communication are open. they appear to be talking in good faith. but we don't have any specifics. it's important to notice that this conversation is going on. the president and the speaker, haven't met, have not met for a little over three weeks when they sat down yesterday. and they actually hadn't
to provide. but president obama has warned that using those weapons is a red line. martha raddatz, abc new, washington. >>> if any folks are questioning why we are paying attention to syria or how it affects us, 75,000 troops could be called in for the effort, including from the u.s. if chemical weapons. any leader who would kill 40,000 of his own people is capable of just about anything. >> there is nothing that suggests that president bashar al assad ordered the chemicals. still unclear what the intent was behind the activity. >> eyes of the world on the situation. speaking of the eyes of world on egypt as well. where violent appropriate tepro signs of easing despite a call from the was to president mohamed morsi. the next few hours could be tense, barbed wire barricade surround the palace in cairo after deadly clashes between supporters and opposition groups. president obama calls violence there unacceptable. meanwhile morsi is offering to meet with leader but will not relinquish almost near power over the government. >>> and developments in the case against john mcafee. the former fugi
. interesting. president obama and speaker boehner. nobody else. with 24 days before a year-end deadline, "the new york times" says boehner made the request to clear the negotiation room going forward, leaving it up to himself and the president to reach a deal to avoid automatic tax hikes and deep spending cuts. and while the two men may be negotiating privately, yesterday the president took his message to the public, visiting a local virginia family as a part of his my2k social media campaign, sitting around the kitchen table. he told the family he was optimistic. >> the message that i think we all want to send to members of congress is, this is a solvable problem. the senate has already passed a bill that would make sure the middle-class taxes don't go up next year by a single dime. just to be clear, i'm not going to sign any package that somehow prevents the top rate from going up for folks at the top 2%. but i do remain optimistic that we can get something done that is good for families like this one and that is good for the american economy. >> what great news, i think. don't you think so
laid back new year's celebration ever? no. celebration of washington state's brand new pot law. yes, they're smoking joints. >>> i dare you, like double dare you. obama administration bites and says, yeah, we're prepared to go off the fiscal cliff. >>> roger goodell, the commissioner football fans love to hate. there's a softer, gentler side of goodell. seriously. the nfl commissioner you don't know. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning. thank you so much for joining me. i'm carol costello. smoke 'em if you got 'em. recreational marijuana is officially legal in washington state. shall we say a rather mellow celebration at seattle's space needle? pot smokers lit up like it was new year's eve. new voter approved initiative went into effect midnight. this pot party technically, is illegal. wz's law bans smoking pot in public places. for now the seattle police department is turning a blind eye. this notice was sent to all officers last night. until further notice officers shall not take any enforcement action, other than to issue a verbal warning, for a violation of initiative 502. m
as the representatives of the syrian people next week. that could start to pave the way for them to create a new government. >> very interesting. margaret brennan, thank you for that. >>> in washington this morning, there are just 26 days left before the fiscal cliff deadline. president obama spoke on the phone with house speaker john boehner on wednesday while his treasury secretary said the white house is, in fact, ready to go straight over the fiscal cliff. major garrett is at the white house. major, gd morning. >> reporter: good morning, charlie and norah. the president will cross over the potomac into northern virginia to meet with a family who says their taxes don't go up, they'll be happier and spend more money. that's the pr side of this. much more important, the context of the deal, keet players yesterday picked up the phone. phone call relatively brief and substantive. details remain elusive. it was shorter, sources say, to last week's 28-minute conversation described them as curt, direct and frank. no one familiar with this call used such barbed words. it als
a story. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >>> we've got some news here. the president, president obama just talking with this middle class family in northern virginia. part of the push to preserve the middle class tax cut. here he is around the table in the washington area today. if the president and congress cannot reach a deal, tax rates for the middle class and everyone else goes up the first of the year. meanwhile, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell today prevented a simple majority vote to give the president the power to raise the u.s. debt ceiling. president obama pushed for the power trance fosform as part of white house plan they unveiled a week ago. fiscal cliff, 26 days away. christine romans explains how going over the cliff could affect you and your family. >> reporter: brooke, here's what the sequester could mean for domestic programs. fewer women and children with assistance and child care aid. cuts to education nearly 100,000 head start spots at risk. more than 25,000 teachers and teachers aids could lose their jobs and science and public research grants could
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